Legends and traditional lore associate fairies with fruits, nuts, herbs, and vegetables. These can be incorporated into woodland fairy cake batter with yummy results. Grated carrots or zucchini, for instance, make a cake moist and delicious. Or add diced fruit paired with appropriate flavorings: raspberries and cinnamon; strawberries and vanilla. Sage is sometimes added to a fairy cake recipie for a unique taste. Ground hazelnuts will impart a rich, mellow flavor. Apple or wine cake could be laced with mulling spices. If you'd prefer something lighter, an airy, moist sponge cake would suggest ethereal fairy realms. Whatever batter you choose, be sure to bake some "magic" inside with fairy charms or coins inside your woodland fairy cake.
Flowers are fairy-friendly, too. Why not top your woodland fairy cake with edible fairy cake decorations , such as roses, violets, or poppies? Fruits and nuts make good toppings, as do fresh sprigs of sage or rosemary. Want something fancier or more exotic? A cake dusted with edible glitter or luster would lend enchantment to your reception.
What fairy-related elements have you chosen for your theme? Consider incorporating these into your fairy cake decorations. Dragonflies, butterflies, and birds are popular fairy motifs and would, in any combination, make your cake unique. These could be modeled from sugar paste (an edible "clay") or cut out in silhouette from rolled fondant.
For something really different, top your cake with a fairy wand, complete with swirls of star-garland "magic" erupting from the tip. Or let your woodland fairy cake soar! Crown its top tier with a pair of large sugar-paste fairy wings dusted with edible luster.
Will your reception be informal? If so, you might choose a sheet cake instead of the traditional tiered variety. An entire woodland fairy scene could be created from sugar paste and displayed on top. Imagine a fairy bride and groom surrounded by attendants, rose-petal-strewn paths, birds, etc. It would be so beautiful, no one would want you to cut it!
Woodland fairies are popular right now, so if you'd prefer to use a pre-made topper, you'll have lots of options. If you can't find the one you want, check online for knickknack-type fairy figurines that could be used instead. An art-quality blown-glass fairy figure might be spendy, but it would make a lovely memento to grace a special shelf for years to come.
Be sure to display your woodland fairy cake in a setting that adds to its magic. One possibility would be to create its own special fairy bower. From a hook in the ceiling over your cake table, hang two lengths of gauzy fabric. The hook should divide the fabric evenly, giving you four equal-length hanging panels. Tie the fabric to the hook to keep it from slipping off. Ten inches down from the hook, sew in a purchased metal ring about 18 inches in diameter (you could also use wire) to give the bower some shape and keep the panels from hanging straight down. Add flowers or other decorations to the ring. Drape the panels down around the sides of the cake table, and tie back the two at the front so your cake will have good visibility. You could pin lightweight dragonfly, butterfly, or fairy figures here and there for accents. This would make a spectacular backdrop for photos.
Complete the effect with a silver platter and a woodland fairy cake knife-and-server set. However you slice it, your woodland fairy cake with its fairy cake decorations and special fairy cake recipe will be deliciously memorable.